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Israeli beauty queen Linor Abargil was abducted and raped in Milan, Italy two months before being crowned Miss World in 1998. Ten years later, she's ready to talk about it, and to encourage others to speak out. Now a globe-trotting victims' advocate, Linor encourages others to stand against sexual violence by putting an end to their silence. She travels to speak with teens in South Africa, where girls are statistically more likely to be raped than educated. For victims of sexual assault, the journey toward wholeness never ends; still, Linor Abargil, the BRAVE MISS WORLD, continues her unflinching efforts to keep the nightmares at bay.

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"...pacifying..."
23 December 2015 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

American actress, producer and director Cecilia Peck's second documentary feature which she co-produced, is inspired by real events and the filmmakers meeting with a former gentile and a film producer. It premiered in the United States, was shot on locations in Italy, USA, Israel and South Africa and is an Italy-USA-Israel-South Africa co-production which was produced by producers Inbal B. Lessner and Motty Reif. It tells the story about an Israeli sister, theater actress, lawyer, lecturer, mother and wife named Linor Abargil, born in the city of Netanya, Israel in the early 1980s and in the late 1990s as an eighteen-year-old, crowned Miss Israel.

Distinctly and subtly directed by American filmmaker Cecilia Peck, this quietly paced documentary which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly by and from the person in question's point of view, draws a somewhat biographical portrayal of a person whom after being designated as a victim in judicial terms, autonomously eradicates the label from her identity, stands up for herself in virtuous indignation, reduces silence, invokes her female intuition, becomes revolution, rebuilds her life and by example demonstrates the consequences which follows when someone violates a Jewish woman. While notable for its atmospheric and versatile milieu depictions and cinematography, this dialog-driven and narrative-driven story about a daughter, supported by her family and friends, whose personal experiences takes her to new acquaintances and drives her into global advocacy for women's rights, was made more than a century after a French sister and educator baptized Marie taught a French child first named Marie the Braille alphabet, the finger-spelling alphabet and how to communicate with sign language, thirty-nine years after a professional Belgian revolutionary feminist filmmaker with a given name of French origins released a narrative feature with a Lebanese actress named Delphine Claire Beltiane Seyrig, one year before a Nigerian author named Chimamanda Ngoz Adichie released a book and the storyteller, in an interview, said: "The feminine force is a force that can win the world over." and an American mother sang: "… do you think they'll try to break my balls? … should I trust the government? … will they put me in the firing line?" this substantial retelling contains straightforward conversations and a great and timely score by composers Martin Tillman and Ben Harper.

This transcending and embryonic human journey which is set in Italy, USA, Israel and South Africa in the late 20th century and early 21st century and where parents are there for their firstborn child, numerous women are interviewed about their involuntarily non-consensual experiences, her story is told, her pride is intact and her Jewishness is not in doubt, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, rhythmic continuity, multiple stories and comment by a survivor: "They are saying we wish to hear the perpetrator, and you are uninteresting. Stay home and write a letter. It's yet another violation … A pacifying documentary feature.


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